Activists scuffle with Swedish police over mining

August 21, 2013 | By | Reply More

Aug 21, JOKKMOKK, Sweden — Police have removed some 50 screaming and singing activists who were blocking a road in northern Sweden to protest a British company’s plans to build an iron ore mine.

hromedia Activists scuffle with Swedish police over mining eu news1Beowulf Mining aims to start test-blasting for a potential mine in the dense woods where Sweden’s indigenous Sami population herd their reindeers. Police spokesman Roine Norstrom says around eight people were briefly detained Wednesday on suspicion of crimes such as resisting arrest and trespassing.

He says one man was transported to a doctor after he doused himself with gasoline and threatened to set himself ablaze. There are about 80,000 Sami people living in northern Scandinavia, including some 20,000 in Sweden.

Press coordinator for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo contributed to this report.

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